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Abigael Louise 'Abbie' Norwood

December 19, 1988 January 26, 2014
Abigael Louise 'Abbie' Norwood
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Abigael Louise Norwood, 25, gracefully entered the gates of heaven after losing her 10 year fearless battle with heart disease on Sunday January 26th, 2014 at Hartford Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Born to John P. and Jennifer A. Norwood on December 19th, 1988 in Springfield, MA, and the sister of Alexandra E. Norwood, Abbie as she was fondly called, resided in Ludlow for over 20 years and was a 2007 graduate of Ludlow High School, and also was a student at Holyoke Community College. Abbie will be sadly missed by her loving grandmother Linda Ann Paterson of Watertown, New York and Grandparents James and Phyllis Norwood of Daytona Beach, Florida, Godparents Lawrence and Katherine Taibbi along with their son Daniel aka “Danny Bear” and his girlfriend Lindsey Dubois of Westfield, Her Uncle Mike and Aunt Elizabeth Norwood and their sons Adam and Christian of Unionville, CT and her Auntie Betsy and Uncle Jimbo (who had a special bond with her) of Merritt Island, Florida. She has joined her loving kitty cat in heaven Sammy Boy, but leaves behind her snuggle buddies Sophie Bella Rose her Golden Doodle Dog and her Big Grey Kitty Chole’, always by her side. She was predeceased by many loving relatives. Before taking ill, she was a graceful figure skater with the Little Sun Valley figure skating club of Springfield, MA, with her signature move being “the hydroplane”. She also was in the Pre-Professional Dance program at the New England Dance Conservatory in East Longmeadow, MA, where she was an accomplished dancer in the disciplines of ballet, jazz and modern dance. Also she was a member of the St. John’s softball team in Ludlow for several years. During her school years, Abbie was involved in school politics and achieved high academic accolades earning many awards and honors, she loved school and made MANY friends. During her High School years, and for her LOVE of hockey, she was a team manager for the Ludlow High School boy’s hockey team. Abbie was a BIG Boston sports fan and attended many of the sporting venue’s with either her family or her friends, Man she loved her Red Sox’s just like her Dad, in fact she loved any sport that after a 2 month stay in the Hospital in 2008 and only being out for a couple weeks and still a little weak, she accompanied her Dad to the Celtic’s game 6 win over the Lakers, and would not leave the TD BankNorth Garden until after the trophy presentation, and that was a LONG night and ride home. She enjoyed Broadway Shows and attended many concerts. She even met some interesting people during her life, in fact at the tender age of 10, on a flight home from St. Louis, Missouri, she held such an interesting conversation with General Colin Powell about his Red Wagon Program which was a program about the best communities for young people. Abbie LOVED to cook and entertain for her friends and family, and man she could throw a party, from her Valentine’s Day gathering’s to just a little get together with the girls, Abbie had a flair for the finest from her cooking right down to the presentation and everything had to be PERFECT. Abbie’s zest for life was enormous, she loved to travel, shop, and eat at fine restaurants. She loved fashion, she has shopped on the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, New York City, Boston, and Miami, and loved spending time with her family on vacation in places like Cape Cod, St. Louis, Key West, Miami, Virginia Beach, Atlantic City. In fact her last trip was to Miami and Key West Florida last June with her extended family. Her dream was to travel abroad to Italy, Spain and other European destinations and plans for those trips were in the making. She also loved the simple things like a real good book, movies, walking along the beach, and just hanging out with family, friends and her special animals. For those that knew her she had a GREAT BIG HEART and a very special one too, for on July 20th, 2003, Abigael received a Heart transplant at the Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She had an infectious smile, one that everyone would easily remember even after meeting her for the first time. She had great inner strength, even after a rough biopsy or a tough clinic visit, she would always leave the hospital with a “this can’t break me attitude”, whatever the news was good or bad. With her easy going personality, sense of humor, wit, beauty, and kind ole soul, Abbie touched many people in many ways and will be dearly missed by all, especially her GAL and GUY PALS, and you know who you are. Funeral services for Abbie will be held on Tuesday morning February 4th, 2013. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at St. Elizabeth Church in Ludlow at 10:00am for a Liturgy of Christian Burial followed by interment in Hillcrest Park Cemetery. Visiting hours are Monday evening only from 4:00-7:00pm at the Ludlow Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Abigael’s name payable to the Heart Transplant Research Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602 Boston MA 02215 or online at www.BostonChildrens.org/tribute or the Dankin Animal Shelter at the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, Springfield, MA.

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